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Trudeau provides weak justification for breaking electoral reform promise

1 February 2017 - 9:25pm

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And so that's what strategic voting gets you.

During the last federal election campaign, groups such as Leadnow vigorously encouraged Canadians to vote for the candidates in their ridings with the best chance of defeating the Harper Conservatives. 

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Christy Clark gets $50,000 stipend by fundraising for her own party

1 February 2017 - 8:57pm
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Duff Conacher of Democracy Watch says British Columbia's rules on political donations amount to a system of legalized bribery. The province's conflict of interest commissioner doesn't agree. Duff Conacher speaks to Redeye host James Mainguy about how B.C.'s political donation system works.

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Originalism and the U.S. Constitution is a mug's game

1 February 2017 - 1:49pm

The Donald's pick to fill the current vacancy on the Supreme Court of the United States is Neil Gorsuch. He is a constitutional originalist.

That means he interprets the U.S. Constitution according to its original meaning. I haven't gone deeply enough into the man's beliefs to determine whether he is among the minority of originalists who look for the drafters' intent, or, instead, is a textualist who goes by the original plain-language meaning of the Constitution as understood at the time it was written.

Both propositions, of course, are a nonsense.

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'We feel unsafe now': Quebec Muslims respond to mosque terror attack

1 February 2017 - 1:41pm

An engineering professor, a halal grocery shop owner, a civil servant and father of four. These were among the six men gunned down by a French-Canadian nationalist in a Quebec City mosque on Monday evening.

Police reported that 19 people were also wounded during the evening prayers at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec (Quebec Islamic Cultural Centre) and that all the men killed had ranged in age from 35 to 70. Thirty-nine people escaped the mosque without injuries.

"We're not talking about a war zone here, we're talking about Quebec," Samer Majzoub, the president of the Canadian-Muslim Forum and a resident of Montreal for 28 years, told Middle East Eye.

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'Love Does' wonders for the Women's Centre of Halton

1 February 2017 - 12:13pm

We are living a hopefully brief moment in history when women's emancipation is not only under scrutiny, but is being attacked by entitled white males who happen to lead a couple of influential world governments -- Russia and the United States. It's during times like these that it's essential to remind ourselves that grassroots initiatives remain the bedrock of hope and change within our communities.

I like to quote Canadian feminist and social activist Rosemary Brown during dark times like this; "We must open the doors and we must see to it they remain open, so that others can pass through."

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Robert Osborne talks about addiction, making choices and the fentanyl epidemic in Canada

1 February 2017 - 9:39am
Robert Osborne talks about addiction, making choices and the Fentanyl epidemic.

Robert and Face2Face host David Peck talk about his new film Unstoppable, addiction, making choices and the fentanyl epidemic in Canada.

Trailer

Robert's film is now available on the CBC Firsthand website. Check it out. 

Synopsis

For the first time, CBC audiences can go beyond the headlines with unprecedented access to the world of illegal fentanyl, and a glimpse inside the mind of one of Canada's most (self-described) skilled producers of black market synthetic drugs, a man known simply as Beeker.

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Canadians need to start speaking openly about racism, Islamophobia and xenophobia

1 February 2017 - 9:06am
Representatives from legal groups that launched the Islamophobia Legal Assistance Hotline held a press conference in the wake of this weekend's shooting at a Quebec City mosque. Legal groups respond to Trump's 'Muslim ban' and Islamophobia in Canada

Cockroach Zine: DIY feminist publishing

1 February 2017 - 8:56am
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On this week's episode of Talking Radical Radio, Scott Neigh speaks with Meg Crane. She is a freelance writer based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and she publishes a grassroots ecofeminist publication called Cockroach Zine.

When Crane was younger, she was someone who cared a lot about the suffering in the world but she felt powerless to do anything about it. Then, at a pivotal moment in her teens, she realized that you didn't need to be someone richer, or someone older, or someone more important to take action -- you, whoever you happened to be, could act, could make a difference in people's lives.

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For a mild-mannered guy, Stephen Khan's farewell to the PC leadership race was remarkably blunt

1 February 2017 - 1:33am

What's remarkable about Stephen Khan's farewell to the Progressive Conservative leadership race -- and almost certainly from the Progressive Conservative Party as well -- is the passion of his fierce critique of both the state of the party and fellow candidate Jason Kenney.

Khan is a Progressive Conservative and there will be no Progressive Conservative Party if Kenney wins the leadership race, he told me bluntly yesterday. "He has been clear. He doesn't want to be the leader of the PC Party. He wants to form a 'unity' party."

'I have as much interest in joining the Wildrose 2.0 Party as you do."

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Indigenous people are fighting for us all

31 January 2017 - 6:28pm

In the 1990s, the David Suzuki Foundation embarked on a program to develop community economic projects with coastal First Nations. Between 1998 and 2003, my wife and foundation co-founder, Tara Cullis, established relationships with 11 coastal communities from the tip of Vancouver Island to Haida Gwaii and Alaska, visiting each several times.

She encountered unemployment and a desperate need for jobs and economic development in every community. Then came pressure for pipeline projects and court-mandated consultation with First Nations. Federal and provincial governments began offering huge financial incentives for pipeline approvals. But opposition remained strong because some things are more important than money.

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How community broadband can deliver faster, cheaper Internet for all Canadians

31 January 2017 - 3:32pm
Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Unreliable service. Slow speeds. Appalling customer mistreatment. And some of the highest prices in the industrialized world. It's no wonder Canadians are fed up with the stranglehold that a handful of giant conglomerates exert over our telecom market.

With so little competition, Big Telecom has long been able to keep prices high without fear of customers jumping ship to a more affordable alternative. But that could be about to change. A landmark ruling from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has thrown the door open for communities across Canada to take their digital future into their own hands.

A landmark ruling from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has thrown the door open for communities across Canada to take their digital future into their own hands.

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Legal groups respond to Trump's 'Muslim ban' and Islamophobia in Canada

31 January 2017 - 3:27pm
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Canadians need to start speaking openly and publicly about racism, Islamophobia and xenophobia. That was one of the messages arising out of a press conference today by the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association.

The press conference happened in the wake of this weekend's tragic and shocking shooting at a Quebec City mosque, and the executive orders by President Trump banning many groups of immigrants, especially Muslims and refugees, from entering the United States.

The speakers you're about to hear are representatives from legal groups that launched the Islamophobia Legal Assistance Hotline. Launched in March of 2016, the hotline connects individuals who have experienced discrimination with free, confidential legal advice and information.

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Prosperity mine demonstrates environmental assessments more critical than ever

31 January 2017 - 2:30pm

Ecojustice and MiningWatch Canada head to court this week to defend Fish Lake ("Teztan Biny" in Tsilhqot'in) from a risky mining project.

Mining projects often put communities and the environment in great peril -- we only need to look to the Mount Polley tailings spill to see an example of the long-lasting devastation they can cause.

That's why we'll be in court this week to help uphold a federal assessment that found the New Prosperity mine project in Tsilhqot'in territory in central B.C. would have serious ecological and cultural impacts.

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Canadian security forces have been entrapping Muslim youth while real threat is white racists

31 January 2017 - 12:26pm

Before shutting down my computer after a long Sunday, I read the news -- news I did not imagine I would ever read, although, looking back, it was years in the making and clear signs were there. Yet we, individuals and society tend to deny danger till we become its victim or see blood flowing in our backyard.

Despite the hate graffiti on the walls of mosques and Muslim schools in Quebec; despite the insults hurled against Muslims on the streets of Canadian cities and the pulling of hijabs off the heads of Muslim girls, which started decades ago; despite Hérouxville and Pauline Marois' charter -- despite all this, I never seriously considered the possibility of a murderous attack against Muslims in Canada or Quebec. In the United States, maybe, but not here. And here it is.

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Trudeau should rescind safe country status for U.S., and all others

31 January 2017 - 11:25am

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The NDP's and Amnesty Canada's suggestion that Canada should suspend its designation of the U.S. as a safe country for refugees makes obvious sense.

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Vigils across the country stand in solidarity and grief with Muslim community

31 January 2017 - 9:11am
Nova Scotians stood together with people across Canada to make clear this was not a vision of society that they condone or espouse. Nova Scotians grieve the Ste-Foy massacre and reject intolerance

Making nice with Washington is not a foreign policy

31 January 2017 - 8:53am
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Canada ended the Second World War as the third-ranking world power.

Though greatly eclipsed by the United States (and the Soviet Union), Canada was positioned ahead of the traditional great powers, France, Germany, the U.K. and China. Weakened by war, none were able to play a substantial role on the world scene.

At the crucial juncture when postwar direction was set and the Bretton Woods institutions, the UN and NATO established, policies championed by the U.S. dominated the world.

Enjoying a brief period of enhanced stature because of its strong (centrally planned) wartime economy, Canada developed a "quiet diplomacy" approach to the world hegemonic power.

The idea was to use close relations with the U.S. to exert influence on the world scene.

There has been no indication from Team Trudeau that it wants to add value to world politics, only that it wants to protect the status quo in relations with the U.S.

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Plastic and capitalism are killing ocean life

31 January 2017 - 3:59am

For 21st-century capitalism the more disposable the better. Ocean life and human health be damned.

According to a recent Ellen MacArthur Foundation study, the world's oceans are set to have more plastic than fish by 2050. At the current rate of production and disposal the net weight of plastic in the oceans will be greater than that of fish in a little over three decades.

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A Tale of Two Traitors: Or, does President Donald Trump even get this betrayal thing?

31 January 2017 - 2:22am

Harold Adrian Russell Philby, better known as "Kim," the British spymaster who turned out to have been working all along for the Soviet Union, denied that he had betrayed his country.

In My Silent War, the 1968 autobiography Philby may or may not have written himself during his residency in Moscow, with or without the assistance of a KGB minder, he made the point he did it, if not quite for England, for mankind then, because of what he called "my persisting faith in Communism."

Philby died in Moscow in 1988, where he was given a hero's funeral. He was awarded posthumous medals by the Soviets, and a nice grave marker was erected in his memory.

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Nova Scotians grieve the Ste-Foy massacre and reject intolerance

30 January 2017 - 9:33pm

On Monday, January 30, 2017 many Nova Scotians woke up to the shocking news that six Muslim men -- fathers, businessmen, a university professor -- had been shot and killed while at prayers in the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec in Québec City. Five others were wounded and remain in hospital – two in critical condition.

It was a shattering experience for the victims, their families, the members of the Muslim community in Quebec City and across the country, and for Canadians of every colour, creed, and faith.

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